I was reading through this thread and decided to add my comments.
This is my first post other than the Welcome Mat.
In 2010, we bought a new R-Pod 176. We pulled it from Ohio to Tenn. and back. Then we took a 22 day trip to Idaho and back.
This year, 2012, we went to Arizona and Utah for a 19 day trip.
We really liked the R-Pod and we received positive comments from our neighbors at every camp sight. There were a couple draw backs. For 1, we chose the wrong floor plan. It had the bunk beds in the front and a dinette that made a bed in the rear. Multiple daily set-ups of the table became a hassle after awhile. Would have been happier with the dinette in the front and a bed in the back. The dinette cushions became uncomfortable after a few days on the road.
The other drawback was the size of the bathroom. Pretty small for this 6'0" & 230# guy. The overall quality of the unit was very good.
Last month, we traded the R-Pod in on a 2013 Vibe 6501. Again, it has the usual quality that you expect from FR. It has more space to move around. There is a dinette in the front and a elevated bed area the back complete with a regular queen size mattress.
We are looking forward to taking it out but at this point, we're very pleased.
The R-Pod dry weight was 2200+ and the Vibe is about 700# heavier. I see very little difference in how it tows.
The negative part of our camping experience has been with the tow vehicle. We started out with the R-Pod and a Honda Pilot. It was rated for a 3500# trailer but when we got in the Smokey Mountains, we had a transmission high temp warning light. Then we traded for a Ford F-150 4X4 with the 4.6 liter V8. It worked well until we started across the mid-west with a 40 mph head wind. It didn't get any better when we got into the Rocky's. Just didn't have enough hp.
Now we have a Ford F-150 2X4 with the 5.4 liter V-8 engine and I believe it will work just fine.
Looking forward to our next trip.